What is worse for 2012 is Kite is literally gone, Rose has never been the starting prop and who else do we have?? Cross, Gulavou, Mauro Â ?? We lost Hargreaves and Tasi, leaves us with a 20 year old Cunningham who all our hopes are now going to rest on.
Look at other clubs: Snowden, Roosters Frank Paul, Kennedy etc Raiders forwards, Panthers McKendry (2014) etc all re-signed, there is nothing left!!! That is what I mentioned earlier this year. As if we are going to sign Graham from UK Â :
I even wonder how long Cunningham is signed for?? How the heck can Roosters have so many top forwards?? The future seems the Roosters at present: For us, this has the makings of a run of Cronulla proportions of adequate NRL players.
With watmough dropping off, this 2011 team could be a first with no Australian rep in our squad, and what about origin?? maybe Jamie, maybe Choc?? The question is how are we on the salary cap limit with no rep players??
Glenn, Brett, Kite, King,Ballin, Wolfie won't play origin again.
Zorba mentioned recently that Crusher said something "was in the air" I wonder what he meant? Is it the smell of an exciting future??
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This has all the feel of 1999-2003. Lost some great players after that mid 90's dominance of 3 grand finals this is exactly the same feel. We had our time in the sun 2005 - 2009.Â Now it's back to the dark era for a few years. N.E days are here again where's Sharpe.
Mick, my concern is the lack of quality to bring in!!! Brett, oldfield, whare, davey, hoppa, keiran, dce, riccardi are wonderful potential for future years. That is awesome work by Crusher!! In the forwards this is where we will struggle: maybe lussick, harrison, cunningham, higgins, only 1 prop and that is the number 1 concern. Loads of backs though.
I think we can forget 2008 as a distant memory. Kite is never going to regain that form. Choc is back to his blue arsed best giving away penalties and dropping pill. King tries hard but is no enforcer. No punch off the bench in the pigs. We will struggle all year if we can't dominate the middle of the ground. The Roosters will be a test of our depth by the looks of things, it could get ugly I'm afraid.
We just seem so injury prone since 2008. How many guys went down with serious injury last night. Hoppa, Lyon, Choc was struggling from the start , Galuvao, Ballin, Foran seemed to struggle with some sort of injury. Now we have Lyon, Wolf, Rodney, Whare out indefinitely. Matai and now possibly King under suspension due to lack of discipline. **** me when will it end or is it a problem due to conditioning and training. It seems since 2008 our training regime has changed and it shows in our lack of fitness and injury toll.
I thought Snake made an encouraging return. His break in the leadup to the Williams no try was what he always brought to the team and hopefully after a few games he'll get better. Injuries are a real worry but its only the start of the season so hopefully our luck will turn around.
Foran is in the same mould as Travis Burns. Tough, a worker but not flashy or spectacular and not going to be the answer for what we need. We need a 5/8th with the skills to put guys like Snake Choc into gaps and set up attacking plays for the backs as well as the speed to take on the line and outmanoever the opposition which I really can't see him fulfilling.
It comes down to 2 things for me...... solid defence and "Go forward".
In 2006-2008 they had both in spades and the confidence they gained on the back of that allowed plenty of time and space for their attack.
When everyone is available they have a very good squad but they need to get their defence in order and establish that Go forward. Brett looked good and will get better with every game, and Mauro impressed too.
Foran's fine.... he's a good ball runner and commits the defender everytime, which opens up the chance of the offload and or overlap. Very strong defensively too.
A loss to start the year isn't ideal but there is plenty of time work on all these things.
There's actually nothing for me to add to this post, virtually summed up our situation completely.
I always thought for this team to make an impact this year we were going to have to play with a bit of luck (injury wise). Sadly last night it was the complete opposite...thankfully it's early days.
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